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Awards and Grants FAQ
 

Paige Anctil is the Awards & Grants Officer at the Psi Chi Central Office and has provided answers for some of the most frequently asked questions regarding awards and grants.

You can submit any questions not addressed on this page to Paige Anctil, with this contact form.

Awards & Grants Questions

What is the difference between an award and a grant?

An award is given to recognize research and accomplishments that were completed in the past. Awards are not restrictive in how the funds may be used.

A grant provides funding to complete research in the future. It is more restrictive in how the funds may be used.

What is SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect is our online application submission portal. When you apply for an award or a grant, or you apply to become a reviewer or sponsor, you submit your application through SmarterSelect. The Psi Chi Central Office uses this service to manage and organize applications.

How competitive are the programs?

The vast majority of Psi Chi awards and grants are offered to Psi Chi members only, allowing for a much smaller applicant pool. Psi Chi programs are numerous and well-funded.

What are the differences between undergraduate, graduate, and faculty member categories?

Undergraduate student: Psi Chi members are eligible for grants if they will be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student during the time period intended to carry out the research.

Graduate student: Psi Chi members are eligible for grants if they are currently enrolled in a graduate program, either Master’s or PhD, and will be enrolled during the time period intended to carry out the research.

Faculty: Psi Chi members are eligible for grants if they are currently employed by an institution of higher education or other institution that has an institutional review board (IRB) for reviewing research with human subjects. This includes full-time tenured and tenure track faculty, part-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and those in postdoc positions.

The award or grant program I want to apply to is closed. When will the application portal open again?

Application portals open approximately one month prior to the program deadline. While the portal is closed, the program details of the previous round my be viewed.

How soon after the deadline will I be notified of a funding decision?

Both recipients and non-recipients will be notified via e-mail approximately 30 to 60 days after the program deadline. If you have not received an email after this time period, check your junk folder and be sure that emails from psichi.org are white listed.

Why didn't I receive any feedback on my application?

All of our reviewers generously volunteer their time to evaluate applications and are not required to provide any additional feedback or comments. 

Also, feedback is only available for select programs, such as the Graduate Research Grants.

I already submitted my application to SmarterSelect, but I need to change something. Can I edit my submitted application?

Yes, as long as it is before the deadline. If you need to edit your application after you submit it, you can do so by logging into SmarterSelect with the email and password used to submit your application. After logging in, you can access your application through the "My Applications" link in the upper right hand corner.

Please note that after the deadline, your application will disappear from your application history and you will no longer be able to view or edit your application.

What are the biggest mistakes most applicants make?

The biggest mistake made is not following the instructions. Each award and grant program has guidelines detailing what should be submitted. These four things are often overlooked:

  1. Length requirements. If the instructions state six pages, then only submit six pages.
  2. APA style. Ask many people to proof your submission, and a final review by your research sponsor or advisor is always advised. Even if APA style is not specifically stated, it is always the best way to format any submitted material.
  3. Masking. Remove all identifying indicators including your name, your advisor’s name, the institution’s name, and the geographic area from the entire submission. Be sure to also check forms, fliers, and other appendices. Submissions must be completely anonymous. To mask a document, you may black out information or use XXX. There are numerous online resources that provide examples of masked submissions (also known as blind submissions). Masking is required to prevent bias during the evaluation process.
  4. Timeliness. All components, including faculty endorsements, must be submitted before the deadline. It is the applicant's responsibility to be in contact with their faculty sponsor to be sure that endorsements are submitted before the deadline.
    • It is extremely important that everything in your application and everything in it is finished, uploaded, and submitted BEFORE the deadline. SmarterSelect will automatically cut off all access to applications once the deadline's date and time has passed. All of our deadline times are at 11:59 HST on the posted deadline. No further edits or endorsements can be submitted after this time.

What should I do with grant money that was not used in my research project?

Individual and Corporate Recipients with unused grant funds after project completion may either choose to keep the unused portion as taxable income or to donate it. If the recipient elects to donate the unused portion, we suggest the funds go to your Psi Chi chapter or campus psychology lab. Please do not send the unused funds back to the Psi Chi Central Office.

Non-Taxable Entities Recipients with unused grant funds after project completion should donate it to your Psi Chi chapter, campus psychology lab, or another worthwhile entity or endeavor. Please do not send the unused funds back to the Psi Chi Central Office.

What timeline do you recommend for preparing an application?

Awards and grants have different timelines.

With awards, the majority of the work has already been completed; and a 30-day timeline is recommended.

  • Prepare the draft of your essay 25 to 30 days before the deadline.
  • Have your research sponsor proof the cleanest version of the draft.
  • Always provide a copy of the cover sheet for the program to those assisting in proofing to ensure you are following all the instructions.

Grants need a longer timeline; a minimum of 45 to 60 days to prepare your application is recommended.

  • Be sure to inform your faculty sponsor to be on the lookout for an e-mail from SmarterSelect asking for an endorsement. It is your responsibility to be sure that your faculty sponsor's endorsement is submitted before the deadline.
  • Approximately fifteen days before the grant submission is due, be sure you have a final draft of all components to the application.
  • Request for your research advisor to proof the materials and check them against the cover sheet to ensure all the instructions are being followed, such as masking and adherence to APA style. Do not wait until the last day; submit your application to SmarterSelect a week or more before the deadline so that the endorsement e-mail to your faculty sponsor is sent and to have time to handle any unforeseen issues. 

 

This information is only meant to generally cover all of Psi Chi's award, grant, and scholarship programs. Always refer to the program information and instructions posted in a program's SmarterSelect page, as that information will always take precedence to the information here.

If you have any remaining questions, please feel free to submit them here.

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